Market Your Travel Writing With Blogs, Podcasts, and Social Sites

Travel writing is a fun “niche” writing market. Of course, in travel writing there are many “travel market niches”. Are you doing everything you can to spread the word about your trip? If not, find out how you can better position yourself and write your trip.

There are three main “niche” markets for you to promote your travel writing: blogs, podcasts, and social networks. It’s easy to write a blog, record a podcast, and network using social networking sites. Combine all three together and you can “spread” the word about your travel writing.

Many organizations spend a lot of money on advertising. But you don’t have to follow in their footsteps! Blogs, podcasts and social networking sites are free. Take the opportunity ahead of you and start advertising your travel writing.

3 Ways to Market Your Travel Writing

Blogs. You’ve heard it a million times, create a blog! It is a powerful communication tool on many levels. Not only can you use a blog as a portfolio, but you can also sell products through affiliate marketing. You can also sell your eBook, travel guide or travel memoir on your blog.

You can create a monthly newsletter and send it to readers who “accept” to receive it. This is a great way to compile an email list. So when you write this new ebook, you can email your readers and let them know.

Remember, a blog can reach millions of people worldwide. It’s a great way to attract new readers and potential customers to freelance writing jobs.

Podcasts A podcast is “a series of digital audio or video media files that are distributed over the Internet by distributed download, via web feeds, to portable media players and personal computers” (from wikipedia).

People love podcasts because they can take them anywhere. It’s great for marketing and building relationships with your visitors. Podcasts have unlimited potential!

The benefits of a podcast are: By generating traffic to your site, you will become an authority in your niche travel market, free advertising, and some freelance travel writing work. You never know who will see your podcast.

Social networks MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Digg and countless other social networking sites can put you in touch with millions of people. If you don’t have a page on MySpace or Facebook, go and set one up now! Think of all the people you can reach by advertising your site on social networking sites.

Companies use these sites to market to the population of 12 to 21 years. Also, many baby boomers (another big travel market) are using these social sites to keep in touch with their children and grandchildren, find friends and find a partner!

If you don’t use social networking, you are missing out on many opportunities to gain readers for your blog.

Travel writers use these three ways to publicize their travel writing. Each has the potential to make you a very lucrative travel writer. Not to mention the fact that you may have some awesome skills listed on your resume.

You never know that you might get a chance with a travel organization that will pay you to create a podcast on European destination packages (if that’s your specialty). The opportunities are limitless!

Our website is dedicated to aspiring and experienced travel writers. You’ll find inspiration, encouragement and education in everything you write about travel.

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Travel & Make Money – Successful Travel Blogging Strategies

Why do we seek to make more money? I’ll tell you why, why money buys freedom. Freedom to go where we want. Do what we want; when we want. If you’re like me, you love to travel. You have a desire to travel and you are ill. Simply put, money finances our thirst for travel and travel makes us happy. Here’s something that a lot of people don’t know about – you can travel and make money at the same time. This article aims to present a way to make money traveling with travel blogs.

Travel blogs can be done anywhere in the world where you have a laptop and an internet connection. And it can allow you to earn money simply by sharing your travel experiences. Here are some important considerations for establishing a profitable travel blog:

* Choose a travel topic with the biggest appeal on the market. A blog is like any other product. To determine if you will succeed before you begin, you must first determine if there is market demand for the information the blog will provide. There are several ways to do this. The easiest thing is to research the popularity of keywords related to the travel topics you want to cover on your blog. Goggle and Overture have good free keyword research tools. You can find them on any search engine. Make sure that related keywords are searched at least 10,000 times in a given month. This number is a good minimum limit.

* Monetize the blog. You will not make money from your blog unless it is monetized. There are three main ways to monetize a blog: advertising revenue, affiliate sales, and sales of your own products. If you’re just starting out, you probably won’t have your own products, so it’s best to start with ad revenue and affiliate sales. For the beginner, Google AdSense is a good starting point for good contextual advertising revenue. For affiliate sales, there are many travel affiliate products in the Commission Junction and Amazon’s Associate program. There are many other programs you can use to monetize your blog, but I recommend them because of their ease of use.

* Build readers. A blog without visitors makes no money. Period. First, your blog must contain good, frequently updated content. This is what keeps readers coming back for more. Next, your blog must have RSS feeds and the ability to capture the email address of visitors who wish to opt in to receive your newsletter (which you need to establish) or site updates. There is a decent free blog subscription service offered by FeedBlitz. Then promote your blog by including a reference to it in your “sig file” email. Plus, your readership will naturally increase as you publish more. Each time you publish most blog software, it pings (notifies) the search engines for the new entry. The more quality pings you get, the higher your blog will rank in search engine rankings. The higher you get, the more traffic you generate. The more traffic you generate, the more money you will make.

These are the basics you need to create a profitable travel blog. If you travel and earn money, consider starting a travel blog.

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